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Author Orsina, Giovanni
Title Berlusconismo nella storia d'Italia
Berlusconism and Italy [electronic resource] : a historical interpretation / Giovanni Orsina
Imprint Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan : [distributor] Macmillan(US), 2014
book jacket
Edition 1st ed
Descript 212 p
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Series Italian and Italian American studies
Note Electronic book text
Epublication based on: 9781137438669, 2014
1. The Italian Question 2. The Antifascist Republic 3. Berlusconism 4. The Berlusconian Elector 5. The Evolution of Berlusconism 6. Epilogue: The Fly in the Bottle
From the outset, Silvio Berlusconi's career was expected to be short, and he has been considered finished several times, only to have reemerged victorious. This fascinating political and historical study shows that Berlusconi's success and resilience have lain in his ability to provide answers to longstanding questions in Italian history. Since 1994, when he first moved from business into public life, Silvio Berlusconi has been a defining figure in Italian politics. From the outset, his political career was expected to be short-lived, and over the following years he has been considered finished several times, most recently with his resignation in 2011 - yet each time, such predictions have been proven wrong. In this fascinating political and historical study, Giovanni Orsina shows that Berlusconi's success and resilience have lain in his ability to give significant political answers to longstanding questions in Italian history. In the process, he also shows how the weakened political parties, electoral volatility, resurgent populism, negative politics, and other post-democratic features of Berlusconi's Italy came to be
By placing 'Berlusconism' into a fully historical context, Giovanni Orsina cuts through the stereotypes. He has exposed the Berlusconi phenomenon's roots and has given us a fresh understanding of an important trend that Italian and international observers have frequently treated in a superficial manner. Orsina's insightful and impeccably documented book leads us to conclude that--far from being an inexplicable development led by a quixotic businessman operating in a unbalanced country--there are rational explanations for Berlusconi's rise that other countries ignore at their own risk. - Spencer M. Di Scala, University of Massachusetts Boston, USAHow Silvio Berlusconi came to corral an electoral power-base and dominate his country's politics for so long is a fascinating story. And in this book Giovanni Orsina explains how he did it. By setting the Berlusconi phenomenon in the broad sweep of the modern Italian political history the book manages to de-mystify the subject. A certain logic emerges. Foreigners in particular often struggle to understand the rise of Silvio Berlusconi, but Professor Orsina has provided them here with a comprehensive explanation. - Alan Johnston, correspondent with BBC RomeGiovanni Orsina has written the first serious book on 'Berlusconism' as a political movement whose nature and success can be explained by delving in the long story of our country. . . . A book that, for the quality of its writing, the obvious seriousness and rootedness of many of its arguments ... should find many readers. - Michele Salvati, Il Corriere della Sera
Giovanni Orsina is Associate Professor in Contemporary History and Deputy Director of the School of Government, Luiss-Guido Carli University, Rome, Italy
Subject Berlusconi, Silvio, 1936- -- Influence
Berlusconi, Silvio, 1936- -- Political and social views
Political culture -- Italy
Voting -- Italy
Cultural studies -- c 2000 to c 2010. bicssc
European history -- c 2000 to c 2010. bicssc
History. ukslc
Media studies -- c 2000 to c 2010. bicssc
Political structure & processes -- c 2000 to c 2010. bicssc
Italy -- Politics and government -- 1994
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